9780826461681

A Reader in New Religious Movements Readings in the Study of New Religious Movements

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    9780826461681

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    0826461689

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-05-10
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

There are more than 200 new religious movements in the United States alone. A Reader in New Religious Movements aims to provide an introduction to the main teachings of a selection of these organizations, focusing on those which are well-established in the West. The contemporary--and in some cases controversial -- new religious movements covered include: The Unification Church, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, The Family, Osho, Soka Gakkai International and the Western Buddhist Order.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii
Section I: New Religions: Concepts and Issues
1(12)
Introduction
3(10)
Section II: Introduction to the New Religions
13(20)
Brahma Kumaris (BK)
15(1)
Church of Scientology
16(2)
Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT)
18(2)
Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (formerly the Unification Church) (FFWPU)
20(1)
Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO)
21(2)
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
23(2)
Osho (formerly Rajneesh)
25(1)
Raelian Movement
26(2)
Soka Gakkai International (SGI)
28(2)
The Family (formerly the Children of God)
30(3)
Section III: The Readings
33(376)
Origins and Founder-leaders
35(25)
Editorial Introduction
35(1)
A brief biography of Baba (Baba Lekhraj) (BK)
36(2)
Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT)
38(6)
Nicolas Notovitch: An unknown life of Jesus Christ
38(3)
Recognising your twin flame
41(2)
The road to God on a paper bag
43(1)
Sun Myung Moon's early years (FFWPU)
44(2)
Sangharakshita journeys East (FWBO)
46(3)
Prabhupada meets Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura (ISKCON)
49(3)
Rael's first encounter with an extraterrestrial (Rael)
52(3)
`Our Family's Origins' (The Family)
55(5)
Key Writings and Scriptures
60(40)
Editorial Introduction
60(1)
The True Gita (BK)
61(2)
The Lost Teachings of Jesus (CUT)
63(18)
Sun Myung Moon receives Divine Principle (FFWPU)
74(4)
Divine Principle is written (FFWPU)
78(1)
Divine Principle (FFWPU)
79(2)
The Heart Sutra (FWBO)
81(1)
Bhagavad-gita As It Is (ISKCON)
82(4)
An extraterrestrial explains the Bible (Rael)
86(4)
`The Word, The Word, The Word!' (The Family)
90(10)
Predicament
100(28)
Editorial Introduction
100(1)
Twelve virtues (BK)
101(4)
Fallen angels and the origins of evil (CUT)
105(2)
The Fall of Man (FFWPU)
107(4)
Breaking Through Into Buddhahood (1) (FWBO)
111(4)
Don't come back (ISKCON)
115(4)
The end of the world (Rael)
119(6)
`The Lion, Dragon and Beast' (The Family)
125(3)
World-views
128(23)
Editorial Introduction
128(2)
Development of Self (BK)
130(1)
The quest for wholeness (CUT)
131(1)
God and Creation (FFWPU)
132(5)
Buddhist Cosmology (FWBO)
137(3)
The logic of reincarnation (ISKCON)
140(5)
Evolution: A Myth (Rael)
142(1)
Who created the Creator of the Creators? (Rael)
143(2)
For God's Sake Follow God! (The Family)
145(6)
Lifestyle
151(35)
Editorial Introduction
151(1)
Conquering lust and other vices (BK)
152(3)
Karma (CUT)
155(2)
Family life (FFWPU)
157(3)
An engagement with society (WBO)
160(4)
The yoga of eating (ISKCON)
164(4)
The keys (Rael)
168(18)
`Our Support' (The Family)
173(6)
`God's Law of Love' (The Family)
179(7)
Spiritual Practice
186(42)
Editorial Introduction
186(2)
Misconceptions about `Yoga' (BK)
188(3)
Violet Flame (CUT)
191(3)
The real man (FFWPU)
194(7)
Buddhist meditation (FWBO)
201(7)
The Hare Krishna mantra (ISKCON)
208(6)
Sensual Meditation (Rael)
214(9)
`Stop! . . . Look! . . . Listen!' (The Family)
223(5)
Societal Issues
228(40)
Editorial Introduction
228(1)
Peace (BK)
229(2)
Elizabeth Clare Prophet on Abortion (CUT)
231(4)
Marx's errors (FFWPU)
235(4)
Buddhist morality (FWBO)
239(15)
Intellectual Animalism (ISKCON)
254(6)
Human cloning: access to eternal life (Rael)
260(6)
Women in the Family (The Family)
266(2)
Organisation
268(35)
Editorial Introduction
268(1)
`Day of the daughters' (BK)
269(2)
`Serving a worldwide community' (CUT)
271(3)
Current Projects (FFWPU)
274(20)
Introducing the FWBO
279(3)
The College of Preceptors (FWBO)
282(1)
Prabhupada's intentions? (ISKCON)
283(4)
Prabhupada's will and codicil (ISKCON)
287(3)
The `Back to Prabhupada' movement (ISKCON)
290(1)
`The Raelian Movement and Money' (Rael)
291(1)
`The Truth about Clonaid.com' (Rael)
292(2)
The Love Charter (The Family)
294(9)
The Ultimate Goal
303(48)
Editorial Introduction
303(1)
`How Will the Coming World Be?' (BK)
304(3)
`The Crucible of Being' (CUT)
307(3)
The culmination of all civilizations (FFWPU)
310(7)
Breaking Through to Buddhahood (2) (FWBO)
317(5)
The spiritual sky (ISKCON)
322(23)
`The Secret of Eternity' (Rael)
330(4)
`Paradise on Earth' (Rael)
334(11)
The Heavenly Life of Love! (The Family)
345(6)
Section IV: Responses to New Religious Movements
Editorial Introduction
351(4)
Counselling and Monitoring Organisations
355(31)
FAIR (Family Action Information and Resource)
355(2)
Christian Counter-cult Groups: Reachout Trust
357(3)
American Family Foundation
360(9)
Deprogramming
369(5)
Inform (Information Network Focus on Religious Movements)
374(8)
CESNUR (Center for the Study of New Religions)
382(4)
Official Reports: Governmental
386(12)
The Cottrell Report: European Union, 1984
386(8)
The EU resolution
394(4)
New religions and the Churches
398(11)
The World Council of Churches and the World Lutheran Federation, 1986
403(6)
Appendix: Additional Source Material 409(4)
Glossary of Terms 413(4)
List of Acronyms 417(2)
Bibliography 419(9)
Index 428

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